Design market à la London at Auktionsverket Kulturarena is a popular event.

Exhibitions, a design market and tons of toys

The series of photo exhibitions part of ”the urban gallery” continues as “Those of us who work using our bodies” opened at the square Milleniumplatsen premiered in late April. The exhibition features photos and stories of people in professions where it’s necessary to be at their workplace in-person and is part of Gothenburg’s 400th anniversary project.

If you happen to see a queue stretching along the street Tredje Långgatan this month, chances are you’ve ended up at à la London design market. The popular market at Auktionsverket Kulturarena brings together 80 or so talented designers, offering everything from clothes to prints and art. Check it out May 7–8.

The Gothenburg toy and vintage fair at Aktiviteten sport centre in Mölndal is a great chance for collectors to find gems and treasures, as Swedish and foreign exhibitors meet to sell, exchange and buy toys, vintage items and more on May 8.

The international science festival is coming up. Credit: Tim Kristensson

Explore the unknown at The international science festival

The festival is one of Europe’s leading popular science events and the only one of its kind in Sweden. This year’s theme challenges visitors to re-evaluate, explore their curiosity and to enter the unknown! The festival opens on May 3 with a lecture from internationally renowned author and biologist Richard Dawkins.

It’s time to get back out on the streets of Gothenburg for the half-marathon Göteborgsvarvet.

Göteborgsvarvet is back

How people have longed to feel their legs ache for 21 kilometres as they make their way through the streets of Gothenburg. This month they’ll finally get the chance as the world’s biggest half marathon Göteborgsvarvet is back!

Thousands of people line the streets to cheer on the runners from Slottsskogen City Park, across two bridges and back to the arena Slottsskogsvallen.

Göteborgsvarvet also offer several other versions of the race, including minivarvet for kids aged 0–6, Lilla Varvet for kids aged 7–13 and Cityvarvet, a shorter version of the race open for everyone. 

This year also marks the first time in Göteborgsvarvet’s history that wheelchair users are welcome to enter the 21 kilometer race.

Bike race Göteborgsgirot takes riders through the city centre of Gothenburg.

Cycling, basketball and more running

On the same day as runners descend on Gothenburg for Göteborgsvarvet, we welcome top cyclists in the XCO discipline to the Swedish Championship Track in Skatås for Gothenburg MTB Race 2022. The event is held on May 21–22, and to go along with the exciting competitions, it offers a fantastic opportunity for children and young people to compete on the well-known track.

If road biking is more your thing, then don’t miss Göteborgsgirot! There are several different races available to suit your level, but they all start and finish in the city centre of Gothenburg.

Gothenburg is famous for its youth tournaments in football and handball (Gothia Cup and Partille Cup), but did you know that the city also hosts one of Europe’s largest youth tournaments in basketball as well? Göteborg Basket Festival is held May 26–29.

If Göteborgsvarvet feels a tad to hectic, then Vårruset might be just what you’re after. The all-women race welcomes you to walk, jog or run 2,5 or 5 kilometres in the beautiful Slottsskogen city park.

Skärgårdsleden, tre vandrare vid havet.
New hiking trail Göteborgs Skärgårdsled opens May 14. Credit: Jonas Ingman

New archipelago hiking trail opens

On May 14, the new hiking trail Göteborgs skärgårdsled opens. The 27,5 kilometre trail stretches across the four islands of Hönö-Fotö-Öckerö-Hälsö, and is part of the longer trail Kuststigen. Celebrate the opening and discover the new trail by running the race 10 island trailrun Göteborgs Skärgårdsled.

Öckerö Pride on the archipelago island of Hönö.

Celebrate pride in the archipelago

On May 21, it’s time for Öckerö Pride for the fourth time! This year’s program includes singing, music, dancing, interesting interviews and much more. The ferry Kungsö will be going from the Stenpiren to the festival, book your ticket here.

A day full of activities suitable for children on May 14.

A day for the children

Children’s day is organised by Unicef Sweden and Innerstaden Gothenburg, and is an event at that takes place at various locations throughout the city centre, with bouncy castles, food trucks, events and more on offer.

Moreno Pizza is one of many new restaurants opening this spring.

Food & BBQ festival and new restaurants

As temperatures rise, that familiar scent of delicious BBQ is returning to gardens and city parks, and if you’re looking for inspiration, head to the castle Tjolöholms Slott on May 28 for a festival of food and BBQ!

If you’d rather have someone else prepare the food for you, there are many new and exciting restaurants opening this spring in Gothenburg, including Moreno Pizza at the square Stigbergstorget, which the restaurateurs claim to be the world’s largest pizza place! Check out more openings in our guide to new restaurants.

Pianisten Víkingur Ólafsson uppträder på Göteborgs konserthus.

Concerts for everyone

There’s so much music to choose from this month, with concerts of all sizes and genres available. On May 5 you can enjoy the transcendental tunes of Drew McDowall at the intimate venue Folk. On May 6, legendary Swedish artist Thåström performs at the Scandinavium arena. Scandinavium also hosts hometown heroes Thomas Stenström and Miriam Bryant on May 14 and May 15 respectively.

Icelandic piano phenomenon Víkingur Ólafsson performs John Adams’ piano concerto Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes? during three nights at the Gothenburg Concert Hall, May 18–20.

Cosy street Haga Nygata welcomes fans of bluegrass and bbq for the annual Haga Bluegrass Street Festival on May 28 as the street is filled with music and food.

The concert season has begun at Liseberg Amusement Park as well, and this month features hip hop from A36 & Imanella, and rock ‘n roll from the Hellacopters on May 28.

Partille Arena, just a short trip from the city centre of Gothenburg, welcomes American prog metal pioneers Dream Theater on May 17, and to close out the month, legendary rockers Whitesnake stop by on May 31 as part of their farewell tour.